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Voter Information

Independent Candidates

You may have your name placed on the general election ballot as an independent candidate if you are not affiliated with a political party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 1.005(9). If you vote in a party’s primary elections or participate in a party’s conventions, you thereby affiliate with the party. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.008, 162.003, 162.007. File a Declaration of Intent to Run as an Independent Candidate between December 3, 2009 and January 4, 2010, with the county judge (county offices) or the Secretary of State (district and state offices). Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 142.002, 142.005. After the primary elections, collect signatures from registered voters, who support your application for a place on the general election ballot. The signers must be registered voters who have not participated in the general primary election or the runoff primary election of a party that has nominated, at either election, a candidate for the office you seek. File the application, along with petition, by May 13, 2010. Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 142.006. Contact the Secretary of State’s office concerning the number of signatures required.

Independent (Nonpartisan) Candidate
Public Office Sought in 2010
File Declaration of Intent and Application with Nominating Petition  
SEC OF STATE COUNTY JUDGE % Signatures a Maximum Number of Signatures
United States Representative
x
-
5%
500
Governor
x
-
1%
-
Lieutenant Governor
x
-
1%
-
Attorney General
x
-
1%
-
Comptroller of Public Accounts
x
-
1%
-
Commissioner of General Land Office
x
-
1%
-
Commissioner of Agriculture
x
-
1%
-
Railroad Commissioner
x
-
1%
-
Justice, Supreme Court
x
-
1%
-
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
x
-
1%
-
State Senator
x
-
5%
500
State Representative
x
-
5%
500
Member, State Board of Education
x
-
5%
500
Chief Justice and Justice, Court of Appeals
x
-
5%
500
District Judge
x
-
5%
500
Criminal District Judge
x
-
5%
500
Family District Judge
x
-
5%
500
Criminal District Attorney
x
-
5%
500
County Judge
-
x
5%
500
Judge, County Court-at-Law
-
x
5%
500
Judge, County Criminal Ct.
-
x
5%
500
Judge, County Probate Ct.
-
x
5%
500
District Clerk
-
x
5%
500
District & County Clerk
-
x
5%
500
County Clerk
-
x
5%
500
County Treasurer
-
x
5%
500
County Surveyor
-
x
5%
500
County Commissioner
-
x
5%
500
Justice of the Peace
-
x
5%
500
Source: Texas Election Code Section
142.002 & 142.005
142.007

a. Percentage of all votes for all gubernatorial candidates cast in the applicable territory in the 2006 general election. If number is less than 25, a larger percentage may be required. Consult Secretary of State for further information.